F1 gossip: Ferrari, Nico Rosberg, Brexit, Arivabene, Ricciardo

Saturday, 1 December

Sebastian Vettel (left) and Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton (right) beat Vettel to the 2018 drivers' title

Ferrari's "strategy mistakes" and lack of "team cohesion" were part of the reason they lost out to Mercedes for both the drivers' and constructors' titles last season, says 2016 champion Nico Rosberg. (Planet F1, via Bild am Sonntag)

Brexit could give Ferrari, which is one of only three teams not to base its Formula 1 operations in the UK, an advantage, according to the Italian outfit's team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. (F1i.com)

Daniel Ricciardo made his final official visit to Red Bull's factory in Milton Keynes on Friday, and the driver, who will race for Renault next season, was given a leaving gift of a KTM 350 SXF motorbike. (Autosport)

Force India will officially be known as Racing Point for the 2019 season in a move that was confirmed with the release of the official championship entry list for next year. (ESPN)

Friday, 30 November

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff celebrate winning the constructors' championship
Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff celebrate winning the constructors' championship

Formula 1 has seen a "new" Lewis Hamilton after he drove "even stronger" in the final two races of the season following his title success, says his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. (Motorsport.com)

Valtteri Bottas says he will drive every race in 2019 like "it's my last" as he fights for his Mercedes future after a difficult 2018 season. (Autosport)

Hamilton scored the 1000th victory for a driver in a world championship race on Sunday - even though Abu Dhabi was only the 997th Grand Prix.(Racefans.net)

London-born Thai driver Alexander Albon, who will make his F1 debut in 2019, says he nearly quit the sport after losing Red Bull's support in 2012. (Racefans.net)

Thursday, 29 November

Charles Leclerc
Leclerc has replaced Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc called it an "emotional day" in Abu Dhabi after his first test for the team since his switch from Sauber. (Crash.net)

Red Bull's surge in form during the latter part of the 2018 season was "confusing", says Daniel Ricciardo, who has left the team to join Renault. (Autosport)

Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko believes the car rule changes in place for next season are "pointless". (Auto Motor und Sport via GPblog.com)

Fernando Alonso will again race at Daytona in January in the Rolex 24 Hours for Wayne Taylor Racing. (Planet F1)

Wednesday, 28 November

Max Verstappen (left), Lewis Hamilton (centre) and Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen (left) was fourth in this year's drivers' championship

World champion Lewis Hamilton and rival Sebastian Vettel believe Max Verstappen can challenge for the drivers' title next year if Red Bull can provide him with a winning car. (Autosport)

Formula 1's sporting manager Ross Brawn says the widening gap between the top teams and the midfield runners is "unacceptable". (F1i.com)

Robert Kubica, who will drive for Williams in 2019, believes the post-season Abu Dhabi test is "crucial" for the team's understanding of Pirelli's new tyres.(Crash.net)

New Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc finished fastest in his first test for the team on Wednesday and went quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed a day earlier in Abu Dhabi. (Motorsport.com)

Tuesday, 27 November

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Valtteri Bottas
Hamilton won 11 races in 2018, while Bottas failed to register a victory during the season

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff fears a frustrating 2018 season for Valtteri Bottas' has 'mentally damaged' the Finnish driver. (Crash.net, via Channel 4)

Sebastian Vettel was fastest on day one of the 2018 post-season Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, with former team-mate Kimi Raikkonen's stint with new team Sauber ending with a late stoppage. (Autosport)

Former McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, who retired after the season-finale race in Abu Dhabi, said he was very impressed by how seven-time Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson did in the team's F1 car at Bahrain circuit on Monday.(F1i.com)

Max Verstappen's father, Jos, says his son is using his head more during races but still takes "risks every race for a podium finish". (F1i.com, via Ziggo Sport's Peptalk programme)

Monday, 26 November

Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton says Billy Monger, the teenager who had both legs amputated after a Formula 4 crash, was an "inspiration" for him this season. (Express)

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton showed off his "Still I Rise" tattoo on the podium on Sunday

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne says he was unimpressed by the "politics" in the sport after his final race before heading to Formula E. (La Dernier Heure, via Planet F1)

FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stewards were "surprised" by McLaren's Fernando Alonso cutting corners three times in quick succession. (Motorsport)

Valtteri Bottas's F1 race engineer Tony Ross will switch to Mercedes' Formula E programme now the 2018 season has finished.(Autosport)

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